Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Country Of Northern Lights

If you have never heard of them, then worry not because we are here to explain what they are and why they are something you need to go see at least once in your life. These lights will leave your breathless and will make you want to stay in the moment forever. And they are the reason why you should grab an air Canada ticket and fly to Canada today.

1. What are the Northern Lights?
You might have seen the sky turn blue, black or yellow. But have you ever seen a green night sky? If not, then this is what the northern lights represent. Auroras or Northern Lights happen near the north pole and in reality are collisions between electrical charged particles from the sun that come all the way here and then enter the Earth’s atmosphere. They happen at the south pole as well but since that area of the Earth is practically inhabitable, most people turn towards countries such as Norway (near the North Pole) to go and see them. The auroras are called ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the North and ‘Aurora Austalis’ in the south.

2. What colors can we see the Auroras in?
Even though green is the only color that comes to mind when we think of Auroras, they are actually found in a lot of other colors as well. Pale green or Turquoise is the most common out of these. However, if you’re lucky you might even get to see Auroras in Pink, red, yellow, blue and even violet colors. Since it is the dispersion of light, you can find auroras in all the rainbow colors if you’re lucky enough. These lights do not have a defined form and may appear as patches or scattered colors across the sky. Sometimes they look like scattered cloud across the sky or like rays from the sun.

Auroras are a beautiful phenomena of nature and we should feel lucky to witness it. Now that you know what they are all about, we highly recommend that you add them to your bucket list.

Doesn’t reading about it make you want to go there yourself and see the miracle happen with your own eyes? If so, then we suggest that you get yourself a ticket from Air Canada and fly there today. You never know what life might have in store for you. Visit Norway to see this miracle and you might find the motivation that you have been looking for.

Get Fabulous January Umrah Packages to UK Muslims

This pilgrimage is not compulsory for every Muslim as compared to Hajj, which is an obligation and one of the five pillars of Islam. However, one Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the next one and has its own spiritual benefit for the pilgrim.

Today, Muslims residing in different corners of the world can make their journey to the holy city of Makkah and perform their ‘lesser pilgrimage’ with the help of umrah packages that include flights and hotel accommodations. They can also choose from a wide range of packages based on seasons and certain months of the year, which enables them to travel to the holy city and accomplish their pilgrimage according to their convenience. Here are some key considerations for choosing an ideal package:

Choose a suitable month: There are certain times of the year when schools in the United Kingdom (UK) are closed and the working class enjoy long weekends or holidays. One such month is December. The Christmas season brings plenty of opportunities for Muslims residing in the UK to visit Makkah to perform their Umrah. They can choose from the cost-effective December umrah packages that allow them to embark on a memorable journey to the holy city in Saudi Arabia to fulfil their lesser pilgrimage.

Book well in advance: There is a constant flow of pilgrims to Makkah. In the busier seasons, it becomes extremely difficult to get hotel accommodations and the prices of flight tickets go up significantly. It is, therefore, advisable for the Muslims living in the UK to plan their journey months in advance. If they are planning to go in the month of January, they can book their January umrah packages several months earlier. This would also help them secure some attractive discounts on such packages.

Stay close to Masjid Al-Haram: The pilgrims have the required convenience in reaching Masjid Al-Haram and performing the rituals of Umrah peacefully with an accommodation in any of the hotels close to the holy mosque. The heart-warming views of Kaabah and the feeling that one gets while being closer to the holy site is something beyond words. If one has to get the desired accommodation in such hotels, it is always advisable to check whether the package provides an accommodation in any of them and then book it in advance.

In recent times, one always comes across many travel portals and websites offering hajj and umrah packages while searching online. Some of them provide a limited number of packages, while others have a variety of them listed on their websites and classified according to the months and seasons, such as Ramadan.

 

Travel Is Reshaping the Fashion Industry

Today, a person’s social status is determined by their extravagant travels and experiences rather than the Jimmy Choos they wear or the bag they carry. It is all about opulent adventures in foreign countries and not how much you spend on your watches or clothes. There has been a break in the fashion industry that has brought about a shift in the way they do things now. Designers and brands worldwide are trying to modify themselves to be able to fit in the new demographic trends. That is how travel is changing the fashion industry.

New Hotel Brands Are Reshaping the Travel Industry:

Nowadays, with the advent of travelers in every industry, it has become a new trend for big hotel companies to roll out new varieties in the hotel business. They are re branding existing hotels with new portfolios. It has become a new business strategy where they offer you captivating designs, intricate detail to the menus, striking artworks and emphasize on the local cultures. These new hotel brands offer a new way to experience your hotel stay. They all promise uniqueness while remaining consistent with their quality and service. Below is a list of such hotels that have attempted to bring a combination of reliable quality and exclusive experiences, together.

AC Hotels by Marriott:

They are a collection of hotels centered on design and such hotels provide their guests with energetic atmospheric lounges. They located in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy, and very recently in New Orleans. It is mainly for travelers who want to stay at Cosmopolitan hotels in cities.

Canopy by Hilton:

They have combined the charms of newly built and renovated buildings. Their designs are locally influenced and hold classy significance. They have also signed up to be in the neighborhoods of Pearl District in Oregon, Portland, Ithaca Commons in Upstate New York and downtown Nashville. It is basically for travelers who wish to have a laid-back time, trying out beer and relaxing activities.

Cordis Hotels and Resorts:

They are a collection of upscale hotels with exceptional architecture and designs by the Langham Hospitality Group. They will, recently, have their opening this summer in The Langham Place Mongkok, Hong Kong. They are also planning to open in China, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Bali, Sri Lanka, Los Angles, London, and Orlando. It is intended for travelers who are away on business but want their bit of luxury, too!

Curio a collection by Hilton:

These are a range of five and four stars hotels with unique qualities all over the world. Curio attached hotels include places like SLS Las Vegas; Highland, Dallas; the Franklin Hotel, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the Providence Biltmore, Rhode Island; and Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, Florida. Next will be in Portland, Oregon; Sarasota, Florida; Houston and Doha, Qatar. It is intended for business travelers who want the luxury of Hilton along with the new uniqueness of luxury.

EVEN Hotels:

These hotels, by the Inter Continental Hotel Group, are made keeping health and wellness, in mind. They provide yoga mats inside your room, organic and fresh food, etc. Their locations are in Rockville, Maryland and Norwalk, Connecticut for now, but they will be opening soon in the Midtown East, Midtown West and Brooklyn areas of New York. These hotels are for those IHG high people who would, rather not be, in a drab looking place and expect the usual luxury and comfort.

Graduate Hotels:

These are stylish, unusual pieces of properties that provide sanctuary for the family and professors visiting colleges. They would found in the Graduate Tempe, Arizona, and The Graduate Athens near the University of Georgia. They will soon open in Oxford, Mississippi; Madison, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a definite upgrade from hotels with poor services!

Oman

The other opportunity was to be Quality Manager on a cross-country pipeline in Saudi Arabia which would mean single status for a full year with a month vacation after 12 months worked, renewable. On the other hand, the Oman project was to assess and improve the Quality Management System in a facility manufacturing specialist pipes used to heat up oil down-hole thereby changing the viscosity making recovery far more efficient and profitable. It would be conducted with 5 weeks on 2 weeks off rotation over a 6 month period and the money was better.

The Saudi pipeline would have meant residential status. If the client was Saudi Aramco I would not be keen to be involved as I have had experiences with them as a company which I would not want to repeat.

I weighed the pros and cons between the two opportunities and had little problem coming down on the side of Oman, a country that until then I had not worked in. As things have turned out I believe my choice was right although having completed only 5 months of the 6 months due to a downturn in the Oil and Gas activity and subsequently for a year been searching my next contract which till now has not materialised.

As normal in these situations, the logistics of getting me to the workplace were subject to all the vagaries of international travel and logistics at the destination but after the contract had been signed by both parties I was on my to my next project.

Muscat is the capital of Oman and I had reached from Cape Town via Doha, Qatar. My arrival was just normal processing through passport control followed by me purchasing a visitors visa. The hotel driver collected me at the baggage reclaim and I was taken to my hotel a ride of approximately 30 minutes. As it was late in the evening I checked in and made my way to my room and bed without further ado.

The next day I took a cab to the office where I gathered my instructions for the job in hand and a hire car which was to be my means of transport. I have to say it was a nice Nissan saloon which turned out to be a very comfortable drive. After the briefing, the project manager and I drove down to the location where the manufacturing facility was situated to get a feel for what was required. When I got out of the vehicle I got my first exposure to the searing 50-degree C heat in the blinding Omani sun. The rest of the day passed quite quickly with the normal introductions, an allocation of office for me and then the 80 km journey back to Muscat where my hotel was.

I ended up carrying out my work over the next 5 months on a 5 and 2 rotation until it ceased in December 2015 due to external oil and gas economic factors.

So the work in Oman was such that I had to draw on my experience and skills developed over 30 years of similar work. I left having completed my remit to the satisfaction of the client and it was a pleasant working experience for me, but also an enjoyable Arab exposure as Oman in my estimation is the best and most friendly Arab country I have worked in. A magical place which I would recommend to anyone wanting to sample the delights of the middle east.